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Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1 by Kazuo Koike
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May 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: creme-de-la-creme, graphic-novels-comics
Recommended for: fans of graphic novels / Japan / awesomeness
Read in May, 2009

This is a really satisfying morsel of a book. It's a graphic novel--not quite manga--small in dimensions but big in themes and explosive in action. (Though as I write it's not manga, I'm not sure what I'm talking about. It's not like I'm an expert on the stuff. Maybe it is.)

The main gist of all the short segments is: incredible for-hire samurai warrior journeys around Japan with his darling 3-year-old son, fighing the good fight (when he can) and generally being a complete bad-ass. His son is often involved in the fighting, and I love how the drawings can evoke such excitement, humor, violence and tenderness all in the same few panels.

There are, like, 498 volumes of the series, and I'm sure I'll read more as I come across them but something keeps me from wanting to plug through them all. I kinda just want to remember how perfect this one was.
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05/10/2009 "This is AWESOME." 3 comments

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message 1: by Monica (new)

Monica Brad is going to be so excited you're digging this. I guess maybe I should get around to reading this too...

message 2: by Adam (new)

Adam I loved these as a kid. I should try to find them again.

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